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Ever thought of being a BPO Strategic Sourcing and Procurement scientist? Err… what’s that?


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Ever thought of being a BPO Strategic Sourcing and Procurement scientist? Err… what’s that?
By Zan Azlee

From the sleepy town of Sabak Bernam to the fast-paced and ultra-urban BPO strategic sourcing and procurement management industry in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley, Hafiz Abdul Razak has definitely changed his lifestyle upside down.

But wait! What is BPO strategic sourcing and procurement management?

Quite simply, an organization’s profitability depends on its productivity. An increase in revenue combined with a reduction of costs means that profit margins are maintained or even expanded.

If before, most organisations just chose vendors who could provide them with the cheapest services in order for them to keep check of costs, these days, it has become quite a sophisticated science.

Strategic sourcing means securing the best products and services for a company’s success while procurement management deals with the best method to order and purchase items.

BPO strategic sourcing and procurement management refers to the service provided to organisations to handle this work.

“The cheapest choice sometimes does not give the lowest total cost of ownership,” explains Hafiz, who is a data scientist at MyBiz, a leading BPO consultancy in Malaysia.

In his role, Hafiz, a pure maths graduate from UiTM, helps large companies optimise their spending. He analyses spending trends to identify and execute cost optimisation programmes. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

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The launch of my latest book is this Sunday,17th August 2104, 2:30pm, at MPH, Nu Sentral (KL Sentral).


The launch of my latest book is this Sunday, 2:30pm, at MPH, Nu Sentral (KL Sentral).

You better come!! It’s an awesome non-fiction graphic novel about my adventures shooting a documentary in war-torn Afghanistan! It’s also a sweeeeettt collaboration with my bosom buddy Arif Rafhan Othman!

We’ll be there with a show for you guys!!! And signings… and photo-taking… and flirting… and wild, wild, passionate mingling!! Buy our book and exclusive merchandise on that day!

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Title: Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan
Genre: Non-fiction graphic novel
Venue: MPH Nu Sentral (KL Sentral)
Time: 2:30pm, Sunday, 17th August 2014

Instead of becoming a superhero, I got dengue


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Instead of becoming a superhero, I got dengue
By Zan Azlee

I always imagined it would be like the movies. A guy ventures somewhere and gets bitten by an insect and he falls sick for a day.

He wakes up the next day and feeling terrific. He looks in the mirror and his scrawny body has become all athletic and muscular.

He suddenly finds himself with superhuman strength and abilities that matches the insect that had bitten him and caused him to get sick.

He becomes a superhero.

What happened to me was slightly different. I was bitten by an insect – mosquito to be exact. And I was sick for a day.

But instead of waking up feeling terrific the next day with superhuman mosquito strength, I just continued to be sick.

I had an extremely high fever for two days, vomiting and body aches. It’s been a week now and I’ve been in hospital for three days.

Instead of becoming a superhero, I ended up a dengue statistic. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

Pakchic Says: You can’t shelter your daughter from the princess influence forever


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Pakchic Says: You can’t shelter your daughter from the princess influence forever
By Zan Azlee

“Why are princesses not good Athena?”

“Umm… because they’re not good… because…”

“Because princesses have no personalities.”

“Umm… okay… but they wear tiaras…”

“Princesses do nothing but sit around and wait for a rich and handsome prince to marry them.”

“Umm… they wear long dresses…”

“Princesses are always so helpless and they need a man to have a better life.”

“Umm… but fairies are okay, right?”

“Yes, fairies are fine.”

“Umm… ponies are okay?

“Yes, ponies are okay.”

“Umm… Princess Elsa and Anna are okay, right? Frozen is okay, right pops?

“Yes Athena. Frozen is fine. The two princesses took matters into their own hands.”

“So can I be Princess Elsa?”

“Okay Athena, okay!”

I’ve tried my best to shelter Athena from the devastating influence of fairy tale princesses from the day she was born right up till today, when she is three years old.

I screen all the books and cartoons that we get for her making sure there are no stories about Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid and all that crap.

Exactly! Crap is the word! [Click to read the full article at MakChic.Com]

Palestine will go back to just being a car sticker


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Palestine will go back to just being a car sticker
By Zan Azlee

Last week, I wrote in my column here that I am not one of those who are boycotting McDonald’s or Starbucks Coffee.

The reason I am not boycotting them is because I feel that the problem lies much deeper than just fast food companies and designer coffee.

I wrote that the backers of the Israel government had too much clout that a mere boycott of a few companies will not do any damage. Instead, locals get hurt more.

I also wrote that for something to actually hurt the Israel government, it has to be big and prominent enough.

For example, how several European state-owned investment arms have blacklisted Israeli companies and financial institutions.

I also said that governments that trade with Israel by proxy because they didn’t want to be seen as ‘trading with Israel’ should also cease what they are doing.

Read my column last week carefully. I also didn’t belittle the thousands who have decided to boycott McDonald’s and what not.

How can you blame them? Without the right facts and information, they actually believe what they are doing is right.

But when the boycott turns out to be just plain vandalism and bullying, then how do you justify it as being right?

Outlets being damaged, workers being attacked an assaulted, their children being shunned in school. How does that help the Palestinians?

The response that came in regarding my column last week were amusing to say the least, although a few agreed with what I had to say, many condemned me.

They accused me of being a Jew, an infidel, a hater of Muslims, an associate of the devil and a lot more colourful words and phrases.

That’s fine by me. I’m a big boy and I can definitely take criticism. Anyway, a little bit of name-calling just makes things a little bit more interesting.

But here’s the thing. I wonder what these people who are condemning me so strongly are thinking about the statement made by the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia?

Dr. Anwar Al Agha yesterday said that it would be much better if people actually pressured and lobbied against the Unites States rather than boycott McDonald’s. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]